Mérieux NutriSciences performs a wide range of tests within the monitoring of contaminated areas. Soil and sediment and surface water sampling and analysis are performed: our analytical services include chemical and biological analysis of organic and inorganic compounds including pesticides, heavy metals (such as zinc, cadmium, chromium, etc.), BTEX, IPA, phenols, PCDD/PCDF and PCB, as well as granulometric curve and soil geotechnical classification.
Contaminants alter the properties of soil and sediments, thus making them less suitable to host plants and animals and creating situations of danger for humans and other living organisms.
Analytical surveys on soils, through high quality test protocols, allow decisions to be taken based on scientifically defensible data for the protection of the environment and the protection of citizens’ safety. The tests support the management of the risk analyzes and guarantee full comparability with the checks performed by relevant control bodies.
Mérieux NutriSciences performs soil analysis and sampling in contaminated sites to verify their degree of contamination, and in uncontaminated areas to verify the possible reuse of the soil obtained by excavation works.
Soil analysis plays an extremely important role in environmental investigations aimed at the characterization of sites for commercial/industrial use but also for residential/public-private green areas, thus conditioning the construction of infrastructural works or the start-up of land reclamation or disposal activities.
Testing sediments is one of the best approaches to obtain historical information on the pollution of an area because they represent the environmental matrix that gathers both materials coming from the rocks in the emerged land and spilling into the environment caused by human activities.
The main soil analyzes performed by Mérieux NutriSciences include:
- Analysis of excavated land and rocks
- Sediment analysis
- Analysis on samples from surveys, trenches, excavation bottom
- Granulometric curves and soil geotechnical classification
- Evaluation of soil chemical aggression against concrete
- Analysis of sludge, residues and compost to be uses in agriculture
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Water is a fundamental element for the life of organisms and for all human activities. Current legislation specifies the chemical, physical and biological characteristics to abide by according to the final purpose of water: Mérieux NutriSciences performs water analysis to ensure the quality of surface, underground and waste water in full compliance with global standards.
The analyses performed on soils play a role of utmost importance in environmental investigations targeted to the characterization of sites: Mérieux NutriSciences samples and analyses both contaminated sites to verify their contamination, and non-contaminated areas, to check the possibility to re-use the soil obtained from excavations.
All manufacturing processes produce liquid and solid waste that must be correctly managed. Mérieux NutriSciences provides a full range of testing to support environmentally responsible waste management programs: waste characterization and classification, chemical and product analyses, ADR (Accord Dangereuses Routes) consultancy.
Stack emissions are one of the aspects of prevailing environmental impact produced by companies. Thanks to a specialized team, Mérieux NutriSciences performs the monitoring of micropollutants with equipped vehicles, sampling of organic micro-pollutants (dioxins, furans and PCBs), verification of Automatic Measuring Systems and management of QAL2 and AST protocols in compliance with EN 14181 standard.
Industrial activities might imply environmental pollution both in the workplace (indoor) and outside (outdoor) due to chemical, physical or biological agents. Thanks to a team specialized in industrial hygiene, Mérieux NutriSciences analyses several fundamental environmental parameters for the monitoring of the quality of the environment in the industrial field to protect the health and the well-being of both workers and the population.
Even the most structured companies need to make the necessary checks that allow them to evaluate their performance, to understand if they are operating according to the expected requirements and if the outcome is positive in technological, economic and environmental terms. Mérieux NutriSciences performs testing services dedicated to different production sectors, and checks both raw materials and waste products such as electrical and electronic equipment, building materials, metals and alloys, fuel oils and polymers.